Keeping pests out of your house is an ongoing challenge for any homeowner. Between the ones that contaminate our food, send chills up our spines, and literally destroy our house’s foundation, preventing pests from invading the sanctity of your home can be a difficult task.
One area that is sometimes overlooked is the basement. Chances are, you don’t visit the basement nearly as much as other areas of your home, even if you have a finished basement. So you might not even realize that you have a problem with pests down there. Maybe now is the time for you to take control of pests and learn how to keep them out of your basement. Here are some tips to help you do exactly that:
Tip #1: Get rid of trash.
If you really want to take control of pests in your basement, the first step is to stop making it so attractive for them. Pests go where the food is, and garbage serves as the perfect odor to draw them in. Even if you can’t smell the rotting trash, be aware that many pests have a heightened sense of smell.
Tip #2: Clear out that clutter.
Basements that have a lot of clutter serve as perfect hiding places for pests. Everyone at some point in their lives has moved a box or stack of papers only to jump back as a cockroach or spider scurried out from beneath it. Pests don’t like to stay out in the open, and if you have a lot of clutter in your basement, somewhere amongst your belongings may be a pest or two.
Tip #3: Seal the cracks.
Every home is bound to have cracks and gaps around its outer walls, windows, and doors. Many homeowners take great pains to seal these problem areas to help improve their home’s energy efficiency. A side effect of this improvement is to take control of pests by not allowing them to have easy access into your home.
Tip #4: Apply a granular pesticide around the perimeter.
If you have pets, exercise caution with this one. Using a granular pesticide is often more beneficial than a spray because it is longer-lasting. Regular applications of a pesticide that is meant to treat several types of pests can go a long way to keeping your basement free of them.
Tip #5: Screen your vents.
To get inside your basement, pests must obviously have a conduit in which to do so. One way to take control of pests and keep many of the smaller ones out is to place a screen over any vents that lead outside. This will stop a number of insects and arachnids from getting inside so easily.
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